Re: Christopher "Kitt" Choate, died circa 1834
The following document is held in the East Texas Regional Archives within the Steen Library at Stephen F. Austin State University at Nacogdoches, and touches directly on the identities of Wade Hampton Choate (1826-1849), Nancy Louisa Choate (1827-??), and Stokely B. Choate (1829-??) as well as another sister, Eliza Choate (b. circa 1831), as referenced in those documents relating to the estate of the late Christopher Choate of Shelby County, Texas. Many thanks to Martha Hill of Seattle for spotting this document entitled "1835 Custody of Orphans" as it provides yet another link to the interrelations between the Choate, English, Anderson, and McFadden families of Shelby County.
Department of Nacogdoches
Municipality of San Augustine
Be it known that on this twentieth day of April in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight-hundred & thirty five – Baley Anderson Junior and Samuel McFadine having presented themselves at this office and having given security to the satisfaction of this court they are hereby appointed Tutrix of four minor children the heirs of Kit Shoat Decest. All under the age of puberty—viz. Wade Hampton aged about eight years, Nancy aged about six years, Eliza aged about four years, Stokely aged about two years. In Testimony whearof I have caused these letters to issue under my hand at the Town of San Augustine day and date above mentioned. A. Hotchkiss Primary Judge
Robt B. Irvine